The Regent's Park
London NW1 4NR
TfL Fare Zone 1
The Regent’s Park is unique in London – it is a mixture of open parkland and sports grounds and formal gardens overlooked by elegant Regency crescents, terraces and villas.
There is a large (adult) boating lake, a children’s boating pond, an Open Air Theatre, a busy canal running through its northern end and of course the ZSL London Zoo. There is much for all the family to see and do.
Regent’s Park is one of a number of Royal Parks in London – some others are St James's Park, The Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park and Greenwich Park. The Park covers 410 acres (166 hectares) with most of the formal gardens and the lake situated in the southern end.
Queen Mary's Gardens
The park is a circular shape and this circular motif is repeated in the Inner and Outer Circles and the spectacular Queen Mary’s Gardens. Here the visitor is treated to a fantastic display of roses. Four hundred species are displayed in over 3,000 bushes.
If visiting the Park via Regent’s Park Underground Station, Queen Mary’s Gardens is the first of the formal gardens after passing through the splendid wrought iron and gilded gates. The Broad Walk leads from Queen Mary’s Gardens a mile (1.6 km) north to the London Zoo. On the way it passes through formal gardens which in summer are full of colourful bedding plants.
Many species of waterbirds are abundant on the lake - there are over twenty pairs of herons nesting there. Between November and April male birds are in full mating plumage and very colourful. Other fauna such as grey squirrels, hedgehogs, fieldmice, bats, etc can also be seen.
There are plenty of places to get a snack or meal and pure dairy ice creams. During the summer, there are lunchtime concerts at the bandstands, puppet shows and of course, performances at the Open-Air Theatre (end May-early September). The Park’s website has an excellent forthcoming events section.
In common with most of the Royal Parks, Regent’s Park started life in 1538 as a hunting ground for King Henry VIII. At that time it was known as Marylebone Park and not open to the public.
Prince Regent & John Nash
In 1811 the Prince Regent (later King George IV) employed John Nash, architect, to redevelop the park. He designed a bold concept incorporating villas and Terraces for private sale, a royal summer palace, a canal and a grand processional route to the royal palace at St James’s (near the current Buckingham Palace). This processional route is now the famous Regent Street.
The plan caught the Prince’s imagination and construction began. Over the 20 years it took to complete, some of the concept was dropped. There was no summer palace, only 8 of the proposed 56 villas were built, and the canal was moved to the northern boundary of the park. However, the processional route was built.
The Country Estate
The villas that were built and the Terraces surrounding the park had large grounds planted with trees merging with the park which gave the impression of living in a country estate. Only 2 of John Nash’s villas have survived - St John’s Lodge and The Holme.
The unused land intended for the villas was leased to various societies and one of the first to move in was the Zoological Society who employed Decimus Burton (architect of Marble Arch) to design the display buildings.
The Royal Botanic Society laid out the lawns and lake in the Inner Circle, and the sport of archery was introduced to the park. This unique mix of architecture, sporting and recreational facilities is how we see the park today.
Accessible. Toilet facilities – for detailed information on disabled access, refer Web:Regents Park/ Disabled Access
The Park has a wide range of facilities for hire including a running track, tennis and netball courts. During summer The Hub–Sports Facilitiy offers pitches set up for cricket, softball and touch rugby. In the winter sports season, there are sports pitches for rugby, football and lacrosse.
There are four children’s playgrounds, the Open Air Theatre, cafe and refreshment points, boat and pedalo hire on the boating lakes and the ZSL London Zoo. Primrose Hill provides wonderful views over London.
We often recognise scenes in films that are set in The Regent’s Park. Go to Web: Regent's Park/ Film Locations
Open all year: 05:00 to dusk (just before nightfall)
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)2074 867 905
TfL Fare Zone 1 Transport for London Journey Planner
To find the best way for getting to The Regent's Park, visit the TfL Journey Planner.
- By Underground
|Baker Street Station||Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan & Bakerloo Lines.|
|Regent’s Park Station||Bakerloo Line.|
|Great Portland Street Station||Hammersmith & City, Circle & Metropolitan lines.|
|St John’s Wood Station||Jubilee Line.|
|Camden Town Station||Northern line.|
Baker Street Station and Regent's Park Station
These two stations give access to the southern end of the park, the lake, Open-Air Theatre and Queen Mary’s Gardens.
St John’s Wood Station
This station is also good for Lords Cricket Ground, London Central Mosque and the western side of the park.
Camden Town Station
This station is good for the northern end of the park, Regent’s canal, Camden Lock and ZSL London Zoo.
- By Bus
Bus routes: numbers 2, 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274, 453, & C2 all pass by Regent’s Park.
- By Car
Car parking is available at Regent’s Park – refer Web: Regents Park/ Parking
Google Maps - The Regent's Park